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Bridal Treat

Bridal Treat
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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 2 N: 914] (3634)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC P150
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-03 2:25
Viewed: 3349
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Good Morning, All!

For few seconds, I watched the 'great love' of bee for this attractive flower. The bee, covered with pollens, was indeed so much enjoying the flower, that the bee was unaware of my presence just next door.

The bee looked to me as a bride :) Do you feel the same?

Keeping this in my mind, I decided to give this picture the title as: "Bridal Treat".

As my other posts on TN, this picture shows colors and the lovely summer feelings.

best Greetings,


Information from Wikipedia on "Honeybee":

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Honey bees are the only extant members of the tribe Apini, all in the genus Apis. Currently, there are only seven recognized species of honey bee with a total of 44 subspecies (Engel, 1999) though historically, anywhere from six to eleven species have been recognized. Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the approximately 20,000 known species of bees. Some other types of related bees produce and store honey, but only members of the genus Apis are true honey bees.

Origin, systematics and distribution

Honey bees as a group appear to have their center of origin in South and Southeast Asia (including the Philippines), as all but one of the extant species are native to that region, notably the most plesiomorphic living species (Apis florea and A. andreniformis). [1] The first Apis bees appear in the fossil record at the Eocene-Oligocene boundary, in European deposits dating about 35 million years ago. The origin of these prehistoric honey bees does not necessarily indicate that Europe is where the genus originated, only that it occurred there at that time. There are few known fossil deposits in the suspected region of honey bee origin, and fewer still have been thoroughly studied. There is only one fossil species documented from the New World, Apis nearctica, known from a single 14-million-year old specimen from Nevada[2].

The close relatives of modern honey bees - e.g. bumblebees and stingless bees - are also social to some degree, and social behavior seems a plesiomorphic trait that predates the origin of the genus. Among the extant members of Apis, the more basal species make single, exposed combs, while the more recently-evolved species nest in cavities and have multiple combs, which has greatly facilitated their domestication.

Most species have historically been cultured or at least exploited for honey and beeswax by humans indigenous to their native ranges. Only two of these species have been truly domesticated, one (Apis mellifera) at least since the time of the building of the Egyptian pyramids, and only that species has been moved extensively beyond its native range.

Today's honey bees constitute three clades (Engel 1999, Arias & Sheppard 2005)

Please look for more information on Wikipedia.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-03 2:58]

Great job Paras.
Amazing bee into the flower and both very well captured. Great composition and nautral colours. Thanks for sharing,

Hello Paras,
a very beautiful capture of this Honey bee and a tiny insect, good sharpness and splendid delicate colours, a nice close composition
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Paras,

Excellent composition and very well written too. Very well done, Congrats!


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-03 3:49]

Hi Paras,
Flowers and pollen ...
Bees must be very lucky.Color and detail are very good.
Best wishes,

Hi my colleague,
pollenes seem like confettis...
Good capture..

Hello Paras,

Fine silky-crisp details in the petals, and the fly seems to be having a ball!
Lovely colours and a nice memory of summer, these dark and snowy December days...

Pablo -

Ciao Paras. Bello il fiore nitido l'insetto. Ottima macro in eccellente contrasto cromatico.


Hello Paras,
Very good catch, a bee very "flexible" ... excellent level of detail, a little low light, but I think that reflects well the environment where the photo was taken. Good work, his "bee bridge."

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-03 7:36]

Wonderful dual capture this lovely pink flower and a very beautiful bee.
Great capture my friend.

Ciao paras, beautiful macro with lovely busy bee covered of pollen on a wonderful flower, great natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-03 10:08]

Hello Paras,
Very nice photo in excellent sharp details. Beautiful natural colours an a good DOF, contrasting BG and composition.

The details of the flower and the insect is great!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-03 10:54]

Hello MF Paras,
a very nice capture, the point of view is very good and the details are nice, this is very good to look at.
Best regards Siggi

hello Paras
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
very good light
great shot Paras
greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-03 11:59]

Hi Para, it is a very nice photo with natural colors and very good details!

HI Paras,
das ist putzig, über und über besäht mit Pollen. Auch die zarten Blütenblätter sind wunderschön. Klasse Bild, vielen Dank
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Namastay Paras,

An astonishingly great macro capture of a bee on a beautiful flowers.
The POV/DOF, clarity, details and composition are all impeccable!
TFS and Cheers MF,


Hello Paras,

an good image from flower and insect with good pov and dof.
Fine colours.


An amazing shot, Paras...The pastel shades just add to the beauty of this wonderful composition.
Very well done!

Buena luz y bellísimos colores Paras. Bien encuadrada la toma y el insecto en una pose inmejorable; lástima del enfoque de este último ya que le resta enteros al conjunto.
Saludos y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

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